Our People

Our Staff

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Principal Dr Simon Livingstone
PhD,  M School Mgt, Grad Dip FET, B Bus, Dip Farm Mgt, A.I.M.M.
Deputy Principal Tony McMeel 
B.COM, CPA, M Prof Ed & Train
Director Agriculture and Agribusiness
Andrew Baker
B.Bus, M.AgBus, GCertF
Director Equine Management
Emma Morel
Director Postgraduate Studies and
Centre for the Study of Agribusiness
Dr Yasmin Chalmers
PhD, BSc(Hons)
Principal Research Associate Dr Peter Smith
Facilitator of
The Centre for the Study of Agribusiness
Professor Tim Reeves

Director of Teaching & Learning
Senior Lecturer in Information Technology

Des Umbers
M.Prof.Educ.& Trng, Dip TT
Lecturer in Agronomy
Co-ordinator Farm Business Management 1st Year
Toby Campbell
B.Ag.Sc, B.Arts, GradCert SustAgri
Lecturer in Livestock Production and Management Matt Robertson
B.Ag.Sci (Hons), PGDipTeach(Sec)
Lecturer in Accounting
Co-ordinator for Agribusiness 1st Year
Deanne Whelan,
BCom, GCertF
Lecturer in Finance and Accounting
Cleo Gower,
BA(Hons), ACA, Grad Dip Ed
Lecturer in Marketing and Business Communications David Cornish
B.Ag.Ec, B.B.M.(Acct), Dip F.P.

Lecturer In Animal Production Sam Inglis
Grad Dip Ed, Dip FM Hons
Lecturer in Equine Management Dr Nick Roe

Part-time Lecturers

Lecturer in Marketing

Campbell Jeffery
MBA, B.Ec.
Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering Ian Farran
B.E.(Agric) M.Eng.Sc.Grad.Dip.Agrib,Grad.Dip.Elec.Comp.
Lecturer in Farm Business Management Peter McCann
B.AppSc(Ag), MBA
Lecturer in Animal Health

Dr G Davies
Lecturer in Horse Health

Dr A McKinnon
BVSc, Msc, Dip ACT, Dip ABVP, Dip Vet Med. 
Lecturer in Horse Health

Dr A McLean
PhD, Bsc, Dip Ed. 
Lecturer in Animal Production

Cam Nicholson
B.Ag.Sci (Melb), M.App.Sci (UWS), MAIAST
Lecturer in Farm Business Management, Finance, Business Analysis
Tony Hudson


Foundation Manager Alannah Halloran
Foundation Officer Gail Smaniotto
Scholarship Coordinator (part-time) Janet Craigie-McConnell
Marketing Officer Sophie Sutherland
Librarian Marg Frewin
BSSc(Lib), Grad.Dip.Mgnt
Catering and Accommodation Manager Lyn Cameron
Lecturer and ICT Manager Scott Vanderkley
B Info Tech, Grad Cert Ed
ICT Support Specialist
Ben Hole


Student Services Officer Cathy Bell
Administration Officer Jenny Hendricks
Administration Officer Claudia Nasuti
Finance Officer Cathy Bent
Building and Facilities Co-ordinator Graham Coates

Practical / Industry Placement Coordinators

Agribusiness 1st Year Deanne Whelan
BCom, GCertF, ASA
Agribusiness 2nd Year Andrew Baker
B.Bus, M.AgBus, GCertF
Agriculture Matt Robertson
B.Ag.Sci (Hons), PGDipTeach(Sec)
Equine Management Mr Bill Cockram

CRICOS Provider Code 00306D


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What Marcus Means to Graduates

Georgie Thomson, Agribusiness 2010
Barwon Lamb

"Marcus Oldham is different to other educational institutions because it is focused on and determined that graduates are sought after in the agricultural industry. Marcus is a place where people from a diverse range of backgrounds and skills flourish. Marcus challenges you to identify your strengths, acknowledge and confront your weaknesses and open your eyes to the endless possibilities out there. Marcus and in particular the lecturers, guest lecturers, and people we met on the domestic and international tours allowed me to believe that if you dare to dream and work hard then anything is possible and you will love what you do. Marcus is truly one big family where people who all share the same interest learn off dedicated lecturers and each other and form close friendships that will last a life time.

During my first year practical placement at a paddock to plate business, I developed a strong interest for the concept and learnt that not everyone in our region had access to the same fresh quality produce that I had grown up on. After that moment I went about focusing entirely on the lamb industry and completed nearly every assignment on lamb and other relevant issues with the plan that one day I too would have my own paddock to plate lamb business. Marcus provides a platform to be able to focus on your particular interest, while at the same time exposes you to different enterprises and ideals. Together with my brother and his wife that plan came to fruition in July 2012 and Barwon Lamb was born. Marcus gave me the skills required to contemplate and establish our business. I can guarantee if I had not enrolled at Marcus I would not be doing what I'm doing now. "


Chris Warrick, Farm Management 2008
2009 – Agricultural Consultant Pro-Advice

"I have a passion for agricultural but am well aware of the financial challenges the industry faces. Marcus Oldham College offered me the best balance of business management skills in the areas of finance, production and resources. I found the local and international tours included in the course to be a unique and valuable experience, which broadened my perception of the industry and equipped me with some very useful skills for my career."


Henry Dwyer, Equine 2007
2007 Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship winner, Licensed Trainer

“I planned a career in the racing industry and after researching various options decided
the impressive Diploma of Horse Business Management was a logical choice.”


Ben McTaggart, Agribusiness 2006
Farmer, Dandaragan, WA

“My time at Marcus gave me a great opportunity to broaden my horizons into
different fields of agribusiness that I previously had very little exposure to.
The friendships and networks developed at Marcus are probably the major
strength of the course, and during my time as an agribusiness investment
analyst in Melbourne I was continually meeting Marcus graduates working in
a range of different fields. Since moving back to manage the family property
in Western Australia, the skills developed at Marcus have been invaluable
in allowing me to critically analyse the business and develop strategies to
maximise the efficiency of our operation.”


Claire Bibby, Farm Management 2006
Apprenticeship Coordinator – Longerenong College

"Marcus Oldham is renowned for its quality staff, education, facilities and courses. This is part of the reason I chose Marcus. Furthermore its course structure with farm tours, international study tours, experienced lecturers and immense networking facility appealed to me. The Bachelor of Business studies provided me w ith a sound understanding of business and finance management which held me in good stead for my current vocation. The course allowed me to develop perspective in all aspects of agriculture which is fundamental basis of any Agricultural occupation. The skills that I developed whilst completing the course have assisted me in my current role and in my previous role delivering finance to the Agricultural Industry. I recommend Marcus Oldham to anyone looking to pursue a career in agriculture."


William Gurry, Farm Management 2005
Rural Valuer CBRE Agribusiness

"Completing the Marcus Oldham Farm Management Course was a fulfilling experience that enabled me to develop the skills I needed to pursue a career in agribusiness. The industry tours, practical year and guest lectures provided a great balance of classroom and practical learning and also introduced me to career options I had not previously considered. The Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) helped me secure employment at CBRE Agribusiness where I am now a Rural Analyst and Rural Valuer . CBRE is a financial advisor providing a wide range of services to predominantly agricultural clients. These services include investment and rural consulting to clients throughout Australia"


Jane Appleby, Farm Management 2004
Agricultural Consultant, PrincipleFocus

“Completing the Marcus Oldham Farm Management course has been imperative for my career as an agricultural consultant. The year of practical placement provided me with a terrific opportunity to test the water in the consulting industry and I still work for the same company now, six years on. The course topics and material covered are relevant to commercial industry conditions and I have drawn on my study notes from each unit (to varying degrees) during my career. If I hadn’t studied at Marcus I wouldn’t be where I am today.”


Prue Branagh, Agribusiness 2003
Agribusiness Manager, ANZ Agribusiness, Deniliquin, NSW

“Enrolling in the Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College was
one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course provided me with the
opportunity to draw on practical experience while developing valuable
agribusiness skills. Studying with a dynamic group of students representing
diverse agricultural sectors and geographic locations also broadened my
knowledge and outlook. During my time at Marcus Oldham, I established
a strong network of industry contacts and lifelong friends. The Diploma of
Agribusiness equipped me with the excellent knowledge and values for which
Marcus graduates are renowned.”


Tom Murphy, Farm Management 2003
Farm Manager of The Sustainable Agricultural Fund cropping properties north of Moree NSW

“I had always dreamt of being a farmer. I chose to study Farm Management at Marcus because I thought it would provide me with the skills needed to achieve my goal. My study paid off as I am now managing five large cropping properties near Moree and I love it! I also had a fantastic time at Marcus and made some great mates from all over Australia."


Ian Hart, Equine 2002
Graduate of Excellence 2002, Bendigo Jockey Club

“Marcus opened the door for me for a career in the racing industry. It provided a
much greater understanding of the complexities of the industry. Its business approach
sets it apart from other courses as it focuses squarely on management – it promotes
leadership. Attending Marcus was the first step in achieving a worthwhile career and
was an invaluable experience.”



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'Everyone at Marcus is so close ...First Year ... Third Year ... lecturer - everyone is approachable and easy to get along with"
Alexandra Purcell, Agribusiness 2013

"I advise coming to Marcus. You will not regret for one second your decision."
Alexandra Webster, Agribusiness 2013

"Life at Marcus is great!"
Anna Cotton, Agriculture 2013

"I like the people and connections at Marcus."
Harry Kelly, Agribusiness 2013

"The whole course is very beneficial, I like the way it is structured."
James Higgins, Agriculture 2013

"Marcus overseas tours offer opportunities we would otherwise not have. Smaller classes mean more one-on-one time with lecturers."
Jess Green, Agribusiness 2013

"The staff are friendly and willing to help."
Lesley Tomkinson, Agriculture 2013

"Fantastic lecturers... fantastic tours. Great opportunity to meet new people from around Australia."
Nick McNamara, Agriculture 2013

"If you want to get ahead in industry, Marcus is the best place to start"
Patrick Taylor, Agriculture 2013

"Everyone gets along wih no separation between the different courses. Marcus is extremely welcoming and the lecturers ... give us the best opportunity for the future."
Rhys Curr, Agriculture 2013

"The industry placement year is a wonderful idea."
Rosie McClymont, Agriculture 2013

"I like the small community where everyone has a common interest. The course is well structured and brings together all the different skills needed to run a successful farming business in today's world."
Stuart Tait, Agriculture 2013

"Marcus is teaching us skills that are up to date and relevant to our industry."
Tom Upton, Agriculture 2013

"I love ... the wide mix of people with farming backgrounds from all over Australia and the world. What I like most about Marcus is the people."
William Corlis, Agribusiness 2013


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